The Department of Psychology at the University of West Georgia is unique in that our theoretical roots are in humanistictranspersonal, andcritical psychology. Our courses range from classically humanistic concerns - like the centrality of human subjective experience in psychology, holistic approaches to psychological understanding, human growth and development, and the enhancement of human potential - to contemporary attention to transpersonal and spiritual horizons. Themes such as the meaning of genuine community, sociality, understanding oneself and others, and the myriad ways through which we grow and develop are central to our academic learning environment.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview
  • Cost
  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates
  • Objectives
  • Overview

    The Department of Psychology at the University of West Georgia is unique in that our theoretical roots are in humanistictranspersonal, andcritical psychology. Our courses range from classically humanistic concerns - like the centrality of human subjective experience in psychology, holistic approaches to psychological understanding, human growth and development, and the enhancement of human potential - to contemporary attention to transpersonal and spiritual horizons. Themes such as the meaning of genuine community, sociality, understanding oneself and others, and the myriad ways through which we grow and develop are central to our academic learning environment.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    In-residence

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

    Contact

    Dr. Jeffrey Reber
    Psychology Department
    678-839-0604
    jreber@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives

    Theoretical Dexterity—Graduates of the psychology program will have developed a deep understanding of the dominant themes, conflicts, and perspectives within the discipline, as well as the ability to employ, critically evaluate, and shift among various perspectives when required. Specifically, they will

    • Articulate and employ the major perspectives of psychology including biological/neuroscientific, behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic, critical, humanistic, and transpersonal psychology.
    • Compare, contrast and describe advantages and limitations of these perspectives.
    • Discuss overarching themes, persistent questions, or enduring conflicts in psychology such as the interaction of heredity and environment, or the interaction of mind and body.

    Application of Learning—Graduates of the psychology program will be able to effectively and judiciously apply psychological concepts and perspectives to the major domains of life outside the classroom. Specifically, they will

    • Identify and evaluate the source, context, and credibility of information.
    • Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy.
    • Critically evaluate popular media reports of psychological research.

    Historical-Cultural Context—Graduates of the psychology program will demonstrate a keen awareness of the ways that culture and history have shaped the discipline and affect its practitioners. Specifically, they will

    • Recognize how sociocultural contexts influence the application of psychological ideas.
    • Narrate the history of psychology, including the evolution of methods, the theoretical conflicts, and the sociocultural contexts of the field.
    • Understand how privilege, power, and oppression may affect prejudice, discrimination, and inequity.

    Personal Development—Graduates of the psychology program will gain knowledge about their identity, values, aspirations, emotions, strengths and weaknesses. Specifically, they will

    • Identify their personal and professional values.
    • Demonstrate insight into, and awareness of, their emotions, motives, and attitudes using psychological ideas and principles.

    Career Discernment and Preparation—Through close collaboration with faculty, graduates of the psychology program will have an understanding of the major career areas in psychology and an intimate knowledge of their own inclinations and vocations toward a particular area of work. Specifically, they will

    • Describe preferred career paths in conjunction with their advisor and on the basis of an accurate self-assessment of abilities, achievement, motivation, and work habits.
    • Apply knowledge of psychology (e.g., decision strategies, life-span processes, psychological assessment, types of psychological careers) to the formulation of career choices.